How A Single Character “Text Bomb” Can Crash Your iPhone And Mac

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Image: Mobile World

In late January, it was widely reported that Apple is changing its iOS software plans; it’ll now delay some planned iOS 12 features to focus on current issues and improving the quality. Given the recent iOS and iPhone bugs, this seems like a well-received decision. It’ll allow the engineers to enjoy a relaxed deadline and work on honing the performance.

The most recent bug in iOS 11 and macOS High Sierra allows one to send a specific character to crash the devices. Spotted by Italian publication Mobile World, this bug can crash iPhones and block your access to popular applications like WhatsApp, Gmail, Outlook, Messenger, etc.

The character being talked about here belongs to the Indian language Telugu. If one sends the character, iOS Springboard crashes once the message is received and the operating system tries to show it in a notification. The applications freeze even the character is simply pasted in a text field. That’s not all. Even Apple’s watchOS is affected.

However, Apple has noticed the issue and is working to fix the bug. The latest beta versions of iOS and macOS are already immune to this issue, and I can confirm the same. A future update before iOS 11.3 release will fix the problem in all versions of operating systems.

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Adarsh Verma

Adarsh Verma

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